Research

How Well Do Other Eczema Apps Follow The Guidance?

Our focus is on an interesting paper published in 2019. Here, researchers explored how well eczema apps followed international guidance.

In A Nutshell

  • There are over 98 eczema apps on the market.
  • 34% had misleading information, and none of the apps fulfilled all of the criteria.
  • Proton Health was built after this study and is based on the latest evidence and guidelines, so you can be sure to trust our information.

Introduction

There are a bunch of apps out there nowadays. From social media to banking and now even healthcare. But when it comes to eczema, the effectiveness of these apps and how well they follow the research is sometimes questionable.

A group of researchers wanted to discover the numbers behind this theory - and that’s precisely what they did in this paper.

How They Did It

Using a systematic analysis, the researchers looked at over 98 English, Spanish and Chinese apps on the market. This involved evaluating each product and comparing them with international eczema guidelines.

They looked at 3 aspects: the tracking capabilities, educational content and how well they followed the guidelines.

The Discoveries

The results were pretty shocking.

The headline was that 34% of the apps not only had nonsense information but actually misled users. That’s right, 28 of the apps had content that could harm a person's skin if they were followed. Furthermore, only 13% had both tracking, and educational capabilities and 15% followed international guidelines designed to treat eczema effectively.

Perhaps the most surprising was that none of the apps followed procedures for tracking, education and satisfying the guidelines.

What’s Does It Mean For You

The most important thing to note is the degree of misinformation shown. And this applies everywhere, whether that's medical apps or online information. So it’s essential to question the information you read and scrutinise any claims made.

And that brings us to the Proton Health app. What makes us different? For starters, we were built after this review was done, so we didn’t get the opportunity to shine. But rest assured, because we offer comprehensive tracking features, educational content based on over 250+ academic papers, and we’re advised by dermatologists; so you know you’ll be receiving information you can trust.

Reference

van Galen LS, Xu X, Koh MJA, Thng S, Car J. Eczema apps conformance with clinical guidelines: a systematic assessment of functions, tools and content. Br J Dermatol. 2020 Feb;182(2):444-453. doi: 10.1111/bjd.18152. Epub 2019 Jul 15. PMID: 31179535.

Available from:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31179535/

August 1, 2022
by 
Dr Noreen Akram
Proton Health Programme
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